Thoughts from the Alamo Chapter President
Dear Alamo Chapter members,
What a month of May, so far! Beyond our sometimes welcome and sometimes over-wet weather, this month has already seen some terrific AUSA Alamo Chapter activities:
May 8, Quarterly General Membership lunch meeting.
We had a strong showing of about 200 meeting attendees at the Fort Sam Golf Club to hear from BG Peter Bosse, from Army North, speaking about the U.S. Army Reserve’s evolving outreach to geographic and functional Army commands. I reviewed the Chapter’s first-time Our Soldiers’ Run 5K/10K run on March 15th and previewed the upcoming May 9th Armed Forces benefits Fair. The next quarterly general membership lunch will be November 13, 2015. Mark your calendars!
May 8, Reception prior to the Benefits Fair
VFW Post #76 provided an honor guard to present the Colors, and Douglas McArthur High School JROTC provided a cadet singer of the National Anthem as well as a precision two-man rifle drill team. Great job! Thanks to our volunteers. Major General Lawarren Patterson, Deputy Commanding General for Operations and Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, presented remarks and several exhibitors and community members enjoyed their time together. Thanks to our sponsors.
May 9, Armed Forces Benefits Fair
About 500 veterans and family members attended the Benefits Fair featuring exhibitors and subject matter experts from higher educational institutions, the commercial housing, lending, building, and veterans support organizations, both non-profit and from the State of Texas. Comments from attendees included: “I learned something new today about buying land as a veteran with a loan from the State,” to “I picked up several business cars for the day for when I’m ready to sell our home and buy another.” This inaugural Chapter event generated quite a bit of excitement and we’ll be evaluating what comes next.
It’s time now to call for nominations to fill some Chapter officer and Board positions. If you are a dues-paid member, you can send your nomination to Committee co-chairs: CSM (Ret) Dennis Lafferty, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. George Allen, email@example.com. Please email your nomination before 5:00 p.m. on May 27, 2015.
Nominees must all be in AUSA dues-paid current status. Nominees will be asked by the Committee if they consent to have their name placed on the ballot. Briefly, the positions open to nomination (as prescribed in the Chapter By-Laws, see under the “About Us” tab on this web page) and suggested criteria follow:
President-elect and 1st Vice President: Assumes role on July 1st, 2015 and becomes the Chapter President on July 1st, 2016. Typically, nominees have been active in the life of the Chapter for at least one year. Often, nominees to the position of President-Elect and 1st Vice President have served as a director on the Board or as an Advisor, as a Vice President, or as an active Chair of a Chapter working committee. Most nominees have been attending monthly meetings of the Chapter’s leadership.
Vice Presidents x 4: Four VP positions: 1) Individual Memberships, 2) Corporate Memberships, 3) Communications & Newsletter, 4) Programs & Special Activities. Vice Presidents take lead in their functional area to meet respective objectives from the Chapter’s Annual Business Plan.
Director on the Board x 3: There are three vacancies for the Class of 2018. Board members serve a 3-year term. They are often called upon by Vice Presidents and the President to assist in promoting Chapter activities and generating attendees and securing sponsors and contributions for Chapter scholarships. Already serving on the Chapter’s Board and not eligible for nomination for the Class of 2018 Board are: Jeremy Blaine, Mike Rowland, Sheli Lawson, Brad Freeman, Ross Olfers, and Karol Franco.
Annual Business Meeting
The Chapter’s Annual Business Meeting will be from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on the 9th of June at the Fort Sam Golf Club. The 2016 Annual Business Plan’s key elements will be reviewed. The primary agenda item will be election of nominated Chapter officers and Board members. The Nominations Committee will administer the balloting and announcement of results. Only dues-paid AUSA members are eligible to cast a vote for the ballots and nominees. Information about the activities for the Army Birthday activities will be reviewed. You can renew or start paying dues online at: http://www.ausa.org/membership/individual/Pages/default.aspx.
Please plan to join us at the Annual Business Meeting.
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